Anti-Americanism, Alternet, and Seymour Hersh
But the site has a consistent left-wing, anti-American bias. Noam Chomsky is a favored story subject, and Seymour Hersh is treated with more respect than he deserves, especially for his remarkably poorly conceived "scoop" on the killing of Osama Bin Laden. But then the Alternet left essentially sees the United States as the Bad Guy in the world.
The latest respectful Alternet interview with Hersh is a good counterpoint to CNN's recent story on the killing of Bin Laden ("We Got Him": President Obama, Bin Laden and the Future of the War on Terror).
Hersh has nothing new to back up his anonymously sourced story claiming that the US version of how Bin Laden was killed is an elaborate lie covering up what really happened. Hersh's sources seem obviously in the Pakistan government, an attempt to counter the US narrative that's not exactly flattering to Pakistan.
The only lie I can find in the US version of the story is the claim in the video above that the mission wasn't about killing Bin Laden, that the special forces were also tasked with capturing him if they could. Even according to the official US story, Bin Laden was shot immediately, though he made no threatening gestures and was unarmed.
It was clearly an assassination mission, which is okay with me. But why the unnecessary lie when the US is regularly killing jihadists around with world with drone strikes?